Since we have our west coast trail hike coming up, I decided to do a bit of real practical training. Up at the cottage I took the dogs, maguire and seamus, for a walk and I also took one of the backpacks and loaded it up with one of the 20 litre carboys we have there. (I did fill it with water.)
High school has been a while, and I sort of forgot that one litre equals one kilogram. In my defense, we actually only took imperial training back then in school. ( Back in those days, once we etched an answer in our tablets, you really didn’t want to change it afer that. And I mean those stone tablets)
I put this on my back and we wandered around for a while. Fortunately, the road was flat, and I only had to stop and do my shoelaces once. Also fortunately the cap on the water carboy was quite tight. Yes, it was heavy and sloshed.
I might try slinging one of the dogs across my back, but they wouldn’t like it, and they would slosh more than the water did. One hopes that with increasing adversity comes greater abilities to deal with the new adversity in the future!
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One of our tours in New Dehli was the Bahai House of Worship, also known as the Lotus Temple. This was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple. CNN reported it as the most visited building in the world in 2015 with perhaps 4 million visits per year.
There appears to be over 2 million Bahai worshipers in India at this time. We managed to get in just as they were finishing a service. The singing was quite sublime.
I am not sure most would agree with the following statement, but some of the research shows that the growth of the Bahai Faith in India has been greatly assisted by the recognition of Krishna as a Messenger or Manifestation of God, alongside Jesus, Muhammad, Zarathustra and Baha u llah himself.
We like our winters mild since most of us want to avoid a harsh winter.
But to be mild mannered person seems to suggest one without passion. Clark Kent appeared mild mannered just to avoid attention. Would anyone follow a mild-mannered leader into a dramatic corporate restructuring? Into battle?
Some of us like our tacos mild, but give me personal passion anyday. That’s why I admire Americans. So long as no one gets hurt, I admire how they can be truly passionate about whatever it is they are passionate about.
Finding at least one thing you are passionate about can put you in touch with your humanity.
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This is not the same as losing one’s mind since I roughly know where it is when it managed to untether itself. I get texts from it every now and then, and its credit card statements keep appearing. If I arranged a personal line of credit for it, then who knows where it might end up. I doubt I would see it again.
A wandering spirit sounds like a good thing to have. If you have a wandering mind, then that suggests you have a lack of concentration. Or perhaps better, the whatever is going on in front of me does not require that much concentration.
Any particular thought can bring in a range of associative thoughts. A good analogy may be a mind like the holiday tree decorations. The entire tree may be completely dark, but the moment you flick a switch, then everything comes alive. So I seem to focus away from the finger flipping the switch, being what everyone else is focusing on, over instead to the various lights illuminating the tree.
The connection may not be immediately obvious to anyone else, but I can see the holiday tree being lit up in my mind continually.
The need for communal living resides deep within the bone. Societies form together for survival, protection, friendship and a host of other reasons.
Continuing societies form a type of social communal contract to exist together. At one point or another, this contract breaks down and the society ceases to exist. Some societies disband, some are wiped out. Over the past thousands of years we can see societies that have come and gone.
We are now entering the global community through social media. For good or bad. With the advent of Russian interference, we can see how a little bit of fakery can spin things out of control. Some groups become even more polarized based on false indignation.
Perhaps the new Paris Agreement for climate change might help create a new global contract. The US shall likely have to come into to the fold after a while. Otherwise it will be left behind in the old economy while other countries proceed more towards a futuristic direction.
Pulling together as global society must become our new vision forward for a new communal contract.
When mediating at your desk in an open office concept causes the stress the mediation is attempting to alleviate, then I suggest the eight manila folder path of work Buddhism.
- Right vision of the nature of reality. Unless you have managed to follow your bliss, work will continue to be ‘work’. Life was not meant to be painless. Accepting this gives you control.
- Right attitude. Using your emotional intelligence to understand that some co-workers may be jerks and may continue to be that way. Learn the work arounds.
- Right speech. Speak truth to power. Understand there are other perspectives and respect them. Just don’t turn your back to them.
- Right Action. Be ethical in all your dealings. Don’t be the jerk noted in 2 above.
- Right livelihood. This follows the principal of non-exploitation. Treat everyone as you would like to be treated. Refer to item 4 for further elaboration.
- Right effort. A path of wholeness. A Conscious evolution. Even if you don’t understand how your work matters, it matters to someone. Even if it’s eventually just yourself. Be the best of what you do.
- Right mindfulness. Train yourself to fully aware of things, oneself, feelings and reality. Become fully aware of all the great things you are doing. It all matters. Be mindful of the jerks in 2, but don’t lease any more space in your mind to them.
- Right focus. Literally to be on a single object. If you think you are good at multitasking, go back to 1 and just accept you aren’t.
Being clear minded on all things allows the stressors to drop off and the Zen emerges.
That’s torn it would be the polite english verision of FUBAR (F**ked up beyond all repair).
These sayings mainly apply to things outside of ourselves. Fortunately, we have physical, mental and spirtual healing powers.
We are never completely Torn.